Brewing the best coffee is more to us than just a bean

 Chill Out coffee and sweat mango bread

Chill Out coffee and sweat mango bread

What is a Café without exceptional coffee?  Before we even opened our doors we needed to find a coffee that would complement our baking exceptionally well.  So we decided to make a list of all the things that mattered to us, not just in how it tastes but a coffee that lives up to the ideals and values we hold as well.  We realized this would be a very tall order to fill and some people said “but it's just coffee”, however to us it was going to be part of our business and it was important to us to find just the right producer to work with. 

We would have to find a company that was family-oriented, people that cared about their community, were truly passionate about their customers and were willing to give their all in customer service, as these traits we hope to exude in our own business.  After much searching we found a company; a coffee roaster that provided us with just what we were looking for. 

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We decided on a company called Kienna Coffee Roaster and they are even local to Alberta, roasting their coffee fresh in Calgary, which made us very happy.  Kienna Coffee Roasters are family owned and operated, passionate for their customers, with exceptional experience...so three out of three isn't bad!  We were sold right away! They sell their coffee in two ways, whole bean and by the single serving.  The single serving little plastic cups did not appeal to us as we felt they would have a negative impact on the environment, but as they explained to us, they have developed a system that is 100% biodegradable and we were very happy to see how environmentally conscious they were.   These pods even work with other single serving coffee makers, that ordinarily take plastic cups with a reusable Kienna CUP. 

We are very happy with our decision to go with Kienna Coffee Roasters and have been serving a multitude of their blends since opening our doors.  Daily at Chill Out Cafe you can experience “Mountain Grizzly” a medium – dark roast, a complex rich body with a low acidity level, “Backpackers Brew” a dark roast, offering a sharp taste with a bold side to it, and we brew different ones for you to experience regularly too.  Kienne has many to choose from and we even sell the pods right here in our shop for you to take home to share with your family, with some of our baked goods. You can find their full line of pods on their website http://www.kienna.com/regular-coffee-pods.html.  We hope you enjoy the coffee as much as we do and we look forward to meeting you all on your next visit to downtown Red Deer.

To our customers, what do you enjoy to have with our baking? Is coffee you drink of choice? Are you a tea drinker?  Is there something else you'd like to go with our tasty treats or hot meals? And most importantly are you enjoying our coffee? Please leave a comment down below for us. 

David Dinan

Hot Shoe Studio, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

His long-time love for photography started at an early age, transforming into more than just a hobby. With a young entrepreneurial spirit starting in High School, David opened a sign design company. He designed signage for companies like Cultures, Don Cherries Sports Bar & Restaurant, Play-It-Again Sports and many others. David decided to continue growing in his passion by attending Niagara College for Marketing, in Niagara Falls Canada. After school, David quickly found himself immersed in world of Real Estate, working with a few dynamic individuals that soon became his mentors for the next decade. Working from a two Realtor basement office, David assisted in the growth of the company to 130 agents. Then tragedy struck one of his mentors, and David took this as a sign to explore more of the world. This opened the door for opportunities. As David started to travel abroad, he found new challenges and opportunities involving another of his passions, scuba diving. This lead to many great adventures, however none as great as becoming part of the team at Bans Diving, the world’s leader in diving certifications, where David took on the role of Sales Manager and facilitated the Divemaster Program. David learned the scuba business from industry world leaders (similar to real estate); and this lead him to work as a Sales Manager for a scuba equipment distribution company in Indonesia in charge of Bali and many of the surrounding islands. There David implemented their largest campaign to date, set up new dealers and launched a new in-store marketing campaign. Now after many years of traveling David and his wife Jessica have returned to Canada and have made Red Deer, Alberta their home. Jessica is following her passion too, and working on achieving her Masters of Library Sciences, as David starts his next professional adventure by helping businesses like yours grow and exceed expectations. David aims to utilize his decades of experience in sales and marketing, to assist you in devising a personalized plan that will hone your business’s marketing potential and take it to new heights. Hot Shoe Studio will be officially open for business as of January 2016. If you have a need for marketing, are looking for a bit of advice or need to overhaul your entire business plan, let’s sit down. Together we will gauge your needs and wants and create a perfect plan to achieve your specific business goals.